LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Local governments and utilities have released changes they are making as the U.S. fights to stop the spread of coronavirus.
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All locations of ASSIST Agency (Assist Agency in Crowley, Abbeville, and Jennings will be closed to public until further notice. No in-person appointments for client services, but staff may initiate an application for assistance by phone with supporting documentation before final approval.
Beauregard Electric will close its office lobbies until further notice.
BECi clients can pay utility bills through the following methods:
- MyBECi Mobile App
- IVR Phone Payments
- BECi Member Portal Online (www.beci.org)
- Night Deposit/Drop Boxes
- Postal Mail
- BECi Office Drive-Thru Windows
CALCASIEU PARISH PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Calcasieu Parish Public are closing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, and will remain closed until further notice. Due dates will be extended. Patrons are asked to please keep their items with them, and not to leave any items in the book drops or at any libraries.
All homebound deliveries via the Library To-Go service, as well as all library programming, will be canceled.
Any patron or group that has booked a meeting room at any library branch will need to reschedule once the library system reopens.
CALCASIEU COURT (14TH JDC)
All criminal jury trials are postponed through March 27, 2020. All parties will receive written notice of their new court appearance at the address provided to the Court. Further delays may be ordered by the Supreme Court in the weeks to come.
The Calcasieu Clerk of Court Office remains open with reduced hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Passports and marriage license services have been suspended until further notice.
• All criminal initial appearances for adults and juveniles, arraignments for incarcerated individuals and all bond hearings will continue as scheduled and will be conducted with the use of telephone or video conferencing.
• Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office will be closed to normal business matters. The office will maintain essential personnel needed for the limited current court schedule and emergencies only.
CALCASIEU PARISH POLICE JURY
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury offices are closed to the public beginning Mar. 24, but essential services are available. CPPJ meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
DOTD is asking all motorists who are using the ferries to remain in their vehicles as a precaution to limit the amount of interaction between riders.
City of Eunice buildings that will be closed starting Mar. 18, including:
- The Eunice City Hall
- The Eunice Library
- The Depot Museum and the CFMA Hall of Fame.
These will still be available by phone:
- Eunice Mayor’s Office
- Eunice Gas and Sewer Billing Office
- Code Enforcement, Permits, License and Safety Inspections
- Eunice City Court
- Eunice City Marshal Office
- St. Landry Parish District Attorney’s Office
- St. Landry Parish Clerk of COurt’s Office
- St. Landry Parish Assessor’s Office
- State Representative Phillip Devillier’s Office
Temporarily suspending customer disconnects.
A curfew is in place nightly, from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.
All events associated with the Jennings Festival Association, Strand Theater, Tupper Museum, City Parks and Recreation Activities, sporting events, team practices, the I-10 Oil and Gas Park and Gator Chateau, and the Jennings Carnegie Library are closed until further notice.
City Administration Offices and the Water Department will be closed for walk-in services; however, the public is encouraged to use Pay-by-Phone, Mobile-Pay, or the drive thru for water payments. All permits for Occupational Licenses and City Building Permits will be seen by appointment only. Occupational Licenses may be reached at 821-5500 and City Inspector at 821-5515 Jennings City Police and Fire Services will remain open, but public access will be limited to the front lobby. For any questions, please contact Jennings City Hall at 821-5500.
JENNINGS CITY COURT
Jennings City Court will be limiting access to the physical Court facilities. Access to the Court facilities will be limited to the Lobby area only.
All business with the Jennings City Court should be handled by telephoning the Court at 337-821-5514.
With few exceptions, all City services, including public safety, transit, and garbage and trash collection, remain in operation as usual. City Hall remains open with normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As a reminder, many City services, such as water bill payments and permit applications, can be completed securely online at www.cityoflakecharles.com.
City recreation centers, 1911 Historic City Hall and the Lake Charles Civic Center are closed to the public. Central School and the Transit Center remain open at this time for regularly scheduled business activities of tenants, but non-regular/special events are suspended until further notice. Service at the Team Green Recycling Drop-off Center and the roving Green Truck Recycling Operation are also suspended until further notice.
LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT
Lake Charles City Court shall remain closed until at least Friday, Apr. 3.
Lake Charles City Court is suspending all court appearances through April 3, 2020, effective immediately.
The order, signed by Chief Judge John S. Hood, includes civil, traffic, criminal and juvenile appearances. Notices to reset appearances will be sent resident’s last known address.
Traffic tickets may be paid over the phone at 491-1565 or at www.lccitycourt.org. They may also be paid by cashier’s check or money order, made payable to Lake Charles City Court, P.P. Box 1664, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70602.
DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES
LDWF Offices Closed to the Public Indefinitely Starting March 17. More information about how to secure your licenses, boat registrations or tags can be found here:
LOUISIANA MUSEUMS AND WELCOME CENTERS
Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced all nine state museum facilities across Louisiana will temporarily close to aid in the prevention of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, only the restroom facilities will remain open at welcome centers across the state, except in New Orleans and at the State Capitol where the welcome center facility will close completely. The lobby of each remaining welcome center will close to visitors. These closures will last at least through March 31. This includes the Vinton Welcome Center on I-10 East.
The town of Merryville has put in place a curfew for all residence starting at 10 pm to 6 am. This order states you can only leave your house to pick up essential items or travel to work. Please be careful and remember to limit your contact with others. The Merryville Police Department will continue to monitor this situation and will update the citizens as new information is obtained.
VERNON PARISH POLICE JURY
The Vernon Parish Police Jury will close all Police Jury offices to the public starting Mar. 18.
Members of the public who have business to conduct with the Police Jury should make every effort to either call, fax, or email our offices for assistance rather than coming in person.
Effective March 17, 2020, the Vernon Parish Police Jury will be suspending all rentals of public facilities, regardless of the size of the group until further notice.
WARD 3 RECREATION IN LAKE CHARLES
Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation will close all facilities, postpone all events, and suspend all programs effective March 16, 2020 until further notice.
This includes all recreational sports/events & activities, tournaments, team practices, camps, tutoring sessions, and programs.
JEFF DAVIS PARISH
Jeff Davis Parish is instituting a parish-wide curfew beginning at 11 p.m. Wednesday. This does not include those traveling to and from work or an emergency.
Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s office remain open only for payment of taxes, fines and bonds. It will not provide fingerprinting for school employment, nursing, expungements or carry concealed weapon applications.